Skin it and get as much meat off of it as possible then boil for 1 - 2 hours..Let dry and then soak in peroxide for 2 or 3 days. It should not crack over time unless it is abused. Yellowing may occur but can be simply fixed by soaking again. I wouldnt expect any yellowing unless you smoke around it. Just lay off the cancer sticks.
The local taxidermist boils like you said, then soaks a day or so in peroxide, but then puts a coat of flat white paint on them to keep consistent color. He tapes around the base of the antlers to keep paint off of them.
One for the Young at Heart in trying.
Whitetail hunting can be fun when you and a hunting partner want to make for some fast action during mid day hunts after morning stand hunting is over and waiting for your evening hunt. Few years back I wanted to demonstrate one of my methods to my son how two guys can make for some fast action during mid day hunting. The set up is for two people when the crops are usually off and the only cover left is...